While many said they were sorry for her cousin’s illness, some suggested she could pay for the $15,000 fundraiser with her ABC TV show salary.
“Surely you’re able to throw some if not all of the $15k in,” one person wrote on Twitter.
“I’m shocked at how many people have sent me hate tweets about my cousin instead of a simple, kind message showing him some love and support,” Winter wrote in response to the criticisms. “Nothing else needed to be done aside from that.”
Winter’s co-star Sarah Hyland found herself in a similar situation last December when she posted a GoFundMe after her cousin died in a car crash, the Wrap reported.
Winter donated $2,500 to Hyland’s GoFundMe at the time and Monday Hyland returned the favor, donating $2,500 to help Winter’s cousin who is reportedly suffering from Haemophilus influenzae, according to the GoFundMe page.